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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Catholic Education

I don't like to quote American things here at the SCCB, since this is a Canadian forum, but I'd like to draw your attention to an article being carried by the Newman Society about a study conducted at Georgetown University on what consequences for faith life going to university has. Whereas upon entering university 11% describe themselves as religiously unaffiliated, upon leaving that number rises to 25 %. This is not all that unexpected, but, for as expected as it is, it might still give us pause for thought. See the executive report of the study here.

I want to address this matter here because it is obviously a serious one. Having spent the last twenty years in Catholic Education - both as giver and as receiver - and as a convert to the Faith - I find the positions Catholic families adopt on their children's education quite interesting.

What do you think of the state of Catholic higher education in Canada?

Perhaps I should also put in a plug for the two Canadian schools who made the Newman Society's list of good Catholic schools: my old employer, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom and another school that I have been hearing a lot of good things about, Redeemer Pacific. Give them some consideration.


  1. The best way to make sure Catholic education is alive and strong is for families to pray and live the faith. No government, no school, no church and no program, no matter how good can ever replace that.
    It was Blessed John Paul II, who reminded us all that the roots and the gift of his faith were first formed in his family and then strengthened and deepened by his priesthood, his life and his papacy.
    As the family unity has fragmented and weakened by the onslaught of secularism and individualism over the decades in Canada and the entire West, so too has the faith.

  2. Certainly, but in going to pursue higher education we need to extend those good things that the family provides into another realm, the school. There are no certainties, of course, but good Catholic higher ed is a truly good thing, that is unfortunately too rare.

  3. What Catholic Higher Education?

    Okay, maybe a little unfair to OLSWA but, that just about sums it up...

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